If you were looking for good news from the Thoroughbred industry, the Jockey Club’s just released 2009 breeding statistics are not helpful.
The raw stats are fairly straight forward, the JC reports that 3,130 stallions covered 49,404 mares in North America during 2009, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 8, 2010. These matings have resulted in 27,233 live foals.
Here’s the disturbing part – that’s the fewest live foals produced since at least 1977 (30,000).

Among the top 10 conception areas for live foals of 2010, only Pennsylvania stallions produced more live foals in 2010 than in 2009. Every other state with exception of Kentucky (-9.3%) and Ontario (-6.2%) suffered double digit declines.

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